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RCSD Community Update: 12/23/21

Dear RCSD Community,

I want to wish you all a very safe, very happy winter recess, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, and a Happy New Year. Wherever you may go (or stay), I hope you are able to spend time with loved ones, doing what you love, and taking some time to unwind, unpack, and recharge as we bid farewell to 2021. The last few weeks have been challenging with the surge of COVID cases and I am so appreciative to our school nurses and administrators who have been on the front lines, communicating with families, answering lots of questions, and keeping us moving forward. I am also grateful to our faculty and staff for their flexibility and creativity in supporting students be it in person or remotely. It has not been an easy two years for anyone, but I am so grateful to my colleagues for their professionalism and commitment to the children and families of Rye. I am optimistic that we will return to school in 2022 and finally put this pandemic behind us. 

Important Notes

  • We will send one comprehensive COVID case notification over the break on Sunday, January 2
  • Test-to-Stay will resume on Tuesday, January 4. There will be no testing on Monday, January 3
  • There will be no surveillance testing the week of January 3 due to the Gateway testing event (see below)
  • There will be limited staff in the buildings over break and limited access to email. All calls and emails will be responded to upon our return to schools/offices on January 3

Snow Plow Name Contest Winners

As you may recall, the City of Rye offered each of the five schools the opportunity to name a city snow plow. The students at each of the schools have been polled and the winning names have been decided. Drum roll, please…

  • Rye High School: “Darth Blader”
  • Rye Middle School: “stoRMSweeper”
  • Midland School: “Bulldog Blizzard Buster”
  • Milton School: “Mr. McPlowerson”
  • Osborn School: “Ka-Plowy”

The newly-named snow plows will visit each of the schools and the students once their new monikers have been lettered on the plows. Hopefully, Mother Nature will not necessitate an earlier visit.… A big “thank you” to the City for spreading some seasonal cheer along with all that salt and de-icer!

Return to School Gateway Testing Event

In recognition of the fact that the holidays necessarily mean more travel and more gatherings, the District is offering a one-day, voluntary “gateway” COVID testing event on Monday, January 3. Students, faculty, and staff can pre-register to receive a saliva-based PCR test kit on the 3rd to be returned by the morning of the 4th to our Central Offices or to drop boxes at their school. The PCR test results will be returned via email within 24 hours of a positive test result and slightly longer if negative.

There is nothing more important than the health, safety, and well-being of our school community. We know that students being in school is critically important and necessary to their continued academic success and to their mental health and well-being. For more information, and to register for the Gateway event, click here.

Have a good holiday and winter break.


Eric Byrne, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools